Dr. Marita Raschke, CeramTec GmbH (centre) and Philipp Gruner, CEO Medicoat AG (with red tie) are pleased about the surface Technology Award »THE SURFACE 2014«, awarded by Fraunhofer IPA . (Foto: Fraunhofer IPA)
On 24 June 2014, as part of the international trade fair for surface treatments & coatings three innovations from various industrial sectors were honored with the Stuttgart Surface Technology Award 2014. 1st place was given to the Airbus Group for surfaces based on TiO2 nanotubes reducing ice adhesion to aircraft. The second place went to the cooperative project of CeramTec GmbH and Medicoat AG – »Bone grows to ceramic implants through new coating technology.“
3rd place was awarded to Hartchrom Schoch GmbH for the subject »Anti-Stokes crystals in chemically or electrochemically generated surface layer systems highlight products safely«.
CeramTec GmbH and Medicoat AG has succeeded in partially coating the surface of ceramic acetabular cups with an adherent titanium coating. This allows a new design principle which reduces the wall thickness of the entire joint set. The patient benefits since less bone needs to be removed and the release of critical metal ions can be prevented. In addition to the medical engineering other application areas result for this thermal spray process, such as the coating of ceramics with copper for use in the electronics field.
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